Funding Update




Community Shares – The term ‘community shares’ refers to withdrawable share capital; a form of share capital unique to co-operative and community benefit society legislation. This type of share capital can only be issued by co-operative societies, community benefit societies and charitable community benefit societies.
Community shares can save local shops and pubs, finance renewable energy schemes, transform community facilities, support local food growing, fund new football clubs, restore heritage buildings, and above all, build stronger, more vibrant, and independent communities.
Since 2009, almost a 100,000 people have invested over £100m to support 350 community businesses throughout the UK. You can watch a short animation to understand why more and more people are investing in community shares to support community enterprises.

The Life Changes Trust welcomes applications from organisations and individuals in Scotland with experience of dementia who are seeking funding to produce resources that equip and encourage people suffering with dementia and their carers can apply for grants of between £500 and £7,000.
Organisations and individuals who have experience of dementia and live in Scotland including people living with dementia; organisations that work with those living with dementia; current carers; and former carers
The awards will support people living with dementia and their carers in Scotland to share knowledge and helpful information with each other by creating peer to peer support resources, such as leaflets, DVDs, videos, etc. Eligible projects/resources must have long term value/relevance (at least three years). Resources must be practical and truly reflect the experiences and needs of people living with dementia and/or carers.
The resources created through the fund will also provide a valuable source of education and information for people who want to know more about dementia, such as hospital or care home staff, relatives or friends.
The deadlines for applications are 1 September 2017 and 2 February 2018.
Further information is available from the Life Changes Trust’s website.

The Scottish Government’s Voluntary Sector Development Fund has opened for 2017/18 applications with a funding pot of £900,000 for voluntary sector organisations providing social services in Scotland.
The Scottish Service Council has taken over managing this fund at the request of the Scottish Government.
The aim of the Fund is to provide further investment in the voluntary sector to develop a confident, competent workforce and to meet the demands now required of these staff.
Voluntary organisations registered with the Care Inspectorate can apply for funding to contribute to costs associated with achieving SVQ Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF Level 6 qualifications.
A total of £900,000 is available for the 2017/18 round, with successful applicants receiving up to £25,000 each.
The priority groups for this year are as follows:

• Support Workers in Housing Support Services.
• Support Workers in Care at Home Services.

Funding is available to support the cost of SVQ Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF Level 6 qualifications.
The deadline for applications is 1 September 2017.
Further information can be found on the Scottish Social Services Council’s website

Transport Scotland and Energy Saving Trust are seeking expressions of interest for a second funding call for the Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund.
The second call will launch in early October and public, community, and third sector organisations can apply for funding under the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 Programme, to facilitate the delivery of active travel and low carbon transport hubs.
Awards will be announced in March/April 2018.
Organisations will be able to bid for up to 40% (Lowlands and Uplands) or up to 70% (Highlands and Islands) of their total eligible project costs, where total eligible project costs can be between £250,000 and £2 million. The 70% ERDF intervention rate for H&I is subject to European Commission approval. The remainder of the project costs must be provided through match funding identified by the applicant from other non-European public sources. Projects funded through this second call must be completed by December 2019.
Read more about the LCTT Challenge Fund and find an expression of interest form.

To discuss a project proposal and/or would like support in developing your application, contact the Energy Saving Trust LCTT Challenge Fund team:
Email: Phone: 0131 555 8691

The Pebble Trust – Has a vision of a more sustainable, equal and low-carbon society, where constraints on fossil fuels lead to a more localised economy with stronger, more resilient, communities, and where human activities take account of climate change and the wider environment. The Trust supports projects in Scotland, and particularly in the Highlands and Islands. Applications will be prioritised from the Highlands and Islands and grants will be restricted to a maximum of £5,000.
Eligible Projects
The Pebble Trust objectives – All projects must meet the first objective. A contribution to the other objectives will also be taken into account where appropriate:
• The advancement of environmental protection or improvement, in particular supporting organisations and individuals developing sustainable lifestyles and projects which take into account future resource availability, fossil fuel use, climate change and the desirability of a more equal society;
• The advancement of community development, in particular encouraging local communities to become stronger and more self-reliant through the adoption of sustainable lifestyles; • The advancement of education and science, in particular carrying out research and education relating to the technical and social aspects of sustainable lifestyles; and
Projects funded will be expected to benefit the public through:-
• a reduced resource intensity of lifestyles, thereby contributing to a more sustainable future • a contribution to individuals’ awareness, and the technical knowledge required for sustainable lifestyles • making results known, thereby disseminating and promulgating the results of funded projects
Application can be accepted from charities, community groups, businesses or individuals, provided they can demonstrate that the expected outcomes contribute to the Pebble Trust’s vision, meet our charitable objectives and will benefit the wider community. Applications will be determined as soon as possible. All applicants will be contacted by one of the Trustees to discuss their application. Download the application form or visit the website for more information

Not the funding you’re looking for? For other funding opportunities go to or contact the Soirbheas Community Development Office, Carol Masheter to discuss your project and ideas on 0751 445 2783 or email